Ingolstadt’s Air Mobility Initiative given €100 million funding boost

The Bavar­i­an Coun­cil of Min­is­ters is to pro­vide €100 mil­lion in fund­ing to sup­port the Ger­man city of Ingol­stadt’s Air Mobil­i­ty Ini­tia­tive.

Ingol­stadt signed a let­ter of intent in June 2018 along with sur­round­ing dis­tricts, the Free State of Bavaria and var­i­ous part­ners from the indus­try, which declared their will­ing­ness to devel­op and look into inno­v­a­tive mobil­i­ty con­cepts for air­space in the region.

Test­ing would include the field of med­ical ser­vices, trans­porta­tion of blood and organs, pub­lic safe­ty and in pas­sen­ger trans­port, while the pop­u­la­tion is active­ly involved in fea­si­bil­i­ty stud­ies and issues relat­ing to noise and safe­ty.

Lord May­or of Ingol­stadt, Chris­t­ian Scharpf, said: “One hun­dred mil­lion euros as addi­tion­al sup­port for the Urban Air Mobil­i­ty Ini­tia­tive of the Ingol­stadt region — that is a strong sig­nal from the Free State that we are very pleased about!

“It is a clear com­mit­ment to this region­al ini­tia­tive that over 70 Ger­man and inter­na­tion­al part­ners have now joined. The basis is now being laid to vig­or­ous­ly expand Bavari­a’s posi­tion as a tech­nol­o­gy leader in the field of urban air mobil­i­ty and at the same time to sup­port eco­nom­ic diver­si­fi­ca­tion in Ingol­stadt and the dis­tricts of Region 10. The Ingol­stadt region is thus tak­ing anoth­er impor­tant step towards becom­ing a mod­el region for the trans­for­ma­tion process in mobil­i­ty.”

Bavaria — Ger­many’s largest state — start­ed a nation­al tech­no­log­i­cal cam­paign with the High­tech Agen­da last year, which will see €2 bil­lion invest­ed into the devel­op­ment of lat­est tech­nolo­gies.

Of the €100 mil­lion giv­en to the Air Mobil­i­ty Ini­tia­tive in Ingol­stadt, €15 mil­lion will be made avail­able in the com­ing year, €25 mil­lion in 2022 and the final €60 mil­lion in the fol­low­ing years.

Com­pa­nies which have already joined Ingol­stadt’s Air Mobil­i­ty Ini­tia­tive include Audi, Air­bus, Bavar­i­an Red Cross, Deutsche Bahn, Euro­pean Union Avi­a­tion Safe­ty Agency (EASA), Lil­i­um, Munich Air­port and Sky­ports.

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Jason Pritchard

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